Thursday, October 5, 2006
Report threatening dogs to 911
In a push to respond to as many calls to pick up abandoned, diseased, or dangerous dogs in recent weeks, Marshall County Sheriff Kenny Dickerson said between 60 and 80 dogs, some vicious in behavior, were picked up over the last two weeks.
“Some were actually strays or abandoned dogs,” he said. “The last few days we have made a special effort to pick up strays with mange or starving dogs.”
With insufficient manpower and space to shelter all the strays that are reported to the sheriff’s department, Dickerson said his department will not be able to pick up all animals but will focus on getting threatening animals and sick animals rounded up.
“However, we want to reassure the public that if anyone has a problem with a vicious dog that is a threat to a person or property, they can call 911 and someone will respond in a timely manner,” he said. “We don’t have a perfect solution to the animal problem, but do not hesitate to call 911 to report a dangerous dog at any hour of the day or night, including weekends. That is our top priority.
“I am just not going to be able to pick up all strays in the county due to underfunding at the present time.”
Stray animals with severe health problems will be picked up as manpower and space is available, he said.
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